NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ The U.S. Navy has held a keel laying ceremony for a submarine under construction at Electric Boat’s Rhode Island manufacturing plant.

Navy officials called the keel laying at Quonset Point a milestone in the construction of the Virginia-class submarine North Dakota.

Electric Boat is a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. in Falls Church, Va. The company employees more than 10,000 workers at Quonset and Groton, Conn., where the Navy has a submarine base and school.

U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Joe Courtney of Connecticut have been pushing to prevent a proposed cut in funding for Virginia-class submarine production. The Obama administration’s budget funds one, rather than two, in 2014.

The House Armed Services Committee this week passed legislation that would provide funding for two.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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